Pick up free Issaquah bike maps

August 25, 2009

By Staff

Cyclists pedaling through Issaquah will find it easier to discover the city’s bike paths and trails. A new, free bike map is available at bike stores and the Issaquah Visitor Information Center.The map recommends rides around Issaquah and alerts cyclists to potential hazards, such as narrow road shoulders. Pick up a copy of the map at the visitor center, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Bicycle Center of Issaquah, 111 Front St. N., or Veloce Velo, 98 Front St. S. The map is also available at the Getting Around Issaquah Together Web site, http://gettingaroundissaquah.org/.

In May, City Council members spent $2,000 of city tourism tax revenue to print the map. GAIT announced the map’s arrival on its Web site in early August.

The city collects a 1-percent tax through hotels, motels, extended-stay facilities and state Parks and Recreation. Both hotels — Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn — and a motel, Motel 6, are included. Under state law, money raised through the tax can only be used to pay for tourism promotion, acquisition of tourism-related facilities or the operation of tourism-related facilities. Officials created the fund in 1998.

GAIT member Karen Behm researched and created the map. GAIT promotes biking, walking and mass transit as transportation options. Behm said she wanted to create a bike map of Issaquah for several years. A bike map of Santa Monica, Calif., inspired her as well.

Behm rode and walked through Issaquah as she mapped the terrain for cyclists.

“Mapping this was a surprisingly huge challenge,” she said.

Behm thanked council members Aug. 17 for approving the project. She highlighted the variety of biking options in Issaquah.

“I was overwhelmed with the variety of types of facilities — in other words, trails, sidewalks, bike lanes and shoulders in the Issaquah area,” Behm said.

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